Spotlight: Manjimup Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service
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Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is located in Manjimup, South West Western Australia. We are situated in a co-location building along with Manjimup SES. Manjimup is a regional centre for the largest Shire in the South West, approximately 300kms south of Perth and has a population of around 5,000.
Surrounded by tall Karri and Jarrah forests and agricultural areas, main industries include beef, sheep, vineyards, truffles, fruit and veggies. We currently have 15 active members and 4 support members. We fall under the jurisdiction of Dept of Fire and Emergency Services WA, with a Regional Office situated in Manjimup.
We back up (and are backed up by) Bridgetown to the north, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole to the south and Nannup to the east. We also assist and are assisted by Local Government Bushfire Brigades as required. The Brigade also deploys crews to large incidents within our Lower South West Region and other regions. We also assist in the Regional Operations Centre (ROC) and Incident Management Teams for larger incidents.
We are all volunteers (as are all emergency services in our region), on call 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We run a UT 3.4 – Urban Tanker, 3 thousand litre, 4 wheel drive Isuzu truck and a Landrover Light Tanker that can crew 4 as it tows a Rescue Trailer for Road Crash.
We attend between 50 and 100 incidents a year including Structure fires, Landscape fires, Road Crash Rescue, HAZMAT, DBA’s and special services. We attend more RCR and Landscape fires in summer and RCR and Structure fires in winter. We are trained in RCR, Structure fire (internal and external), Landscape fire, HAZMAT, Breathing Apparatus and a range of other skills.
We carry 70 tonne cutters and spreaders in the Rescue Trailer and are called for assisting truck and heavy rescues. We also carry HAZMAT equipment like splash suits. The Brigade trains twice a month on Tuesday nights and holds a monthly meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If necessary, we hold additional training sessions. The Brigade undertakes equipment and vehicle checks every Friday evening and then have dinner together in our Social Area. We conduct hydrant checks throughout the year.
Manjimup VFRS also attends community events eg Cherry Festival, Agricultural Show and engage in community awareness. The Brigade is a supporter of a young drivers programme initiated by a local nurse approximately 8 years ago called RISK – Risk Intervention to Save our Kids where we talk and demonstrate to the young up and coming drivers what we do at a road crash. These are held approximately 6 times a year and is conducted at the hospital along with other emergency services.
Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome to come down to the station on a Friday evening and have a chat with us or contact the Regional Office for our details. We run a Facebook page to keep the community up to date with what we are doing and we may be contacted through messaging the page.
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